17 October 2013 at 11.31am | 7 Comments
Last night Carlos Acosta’s new Royal Ballet production of Don Quixote was screened live across the world as part of our Live Cinema Season 2013/14. As part of the screening a series of backstage films were shown, featuring rehearsal footage and interviews with the cast and creative team. In case you missed them last night, or just want to find out more about Don Quixote, here they are again:
Members of the cast and creative team discuss Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote
Don Quixote is Carlos’s first full length work for The Royal Ballet. Having danced the virtuoso role of Basilio many times, he brings his own unique vision to the story, offering a fresh, modern take on the 19th-century classic. With music by Ludwig Minkus and designs by Tim Hatley and Hugh Vanstone, the production is full of Spanish flair and atmosphere. Carlos created the lead roles with Marianela Nuñez, and both danced in the opening night gala performance.
An introduction to Act Two
In the second Act, Basilio and Kitri stumble onto a gypsy camp, where they join the gypsies strumming on guitars and dancing. Hear from Carlos about why he chose a very naturalistic setting, and from conductor Martin Yates about his inclusion of live flamenco music on stage.
An introduction to Act Three
By the third Act, all of the characters have ended up in a candlelit, shadowy tavern. With energetic pas de deux and dancing on tables, there is a raucous feel to the scene.
Don Quixote runs until 6 November. There are a few tickets left for performances on 18 and 25 October. Otherwise, day tickets are available.The production is generously supported by Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Celia Blakey, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.